Mesa GL Threading Gets Flipped On For More Linux Games
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 14 September 2017 at 03:17 PM EDT. 13 Comments
The mesa_glthread functionality has now been whitelisted for more Linux games.

The Mesa GL threading work is driver-agnostic Mesa OpenGL multi-threading work that can help many games especially on lower-end multi-core CPUs but not all games, as shown by our recent benchmarks.

The latest games now seeing mesa_glthread support enabled include:

- Dreamfall Chapters
- Hitman
- Renowned Explorers: International Society
- Saints Row: The Third
- Sid Meier's: Civilization Beyond Earth

This is in addition to the previously white-listed games of:

- Alien Isolation
- Civilization 6
- BioShock Infinite
- Borderlands 2
- Civilization 5
- The Witcher 2
- American Truck Simulator
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- Overlord
- Overlord 2
- Oil Rush
- War Thunder
- Saints Row 2

Those wishing to try out this Mesa GL threading support with other games can manually enable it via the mesa_glthread=true environment variable. These latest whitelists are in Mesa 17.3-dev Git.
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